Dr Phinnize J Fisher Middle School, Common Area
Dr Phinnize J Fisher Middle School, Courtyard
Dr Phinnize J Fisher Middle School
Dr Phinnize J Fisher Middle School, Collaborative Room
Dr Phinnize J Fisher Middle School, Cafeteria
Dr Phinnize J Fisher Middle School, Exterior
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Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School, Greenville County Schools

Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School is a groundbreaking school designed in collaboration with an internationally recognized programming consultant, Fielding Nair. The institution stands as South Carolina’s first STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) school and with a commitment to sustainability, it redefines learning environments while harmonizing with nature.

Situated on the 27-acre Millennium Campus adjacent to Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), the school offers collaborative programs in partnership with engineering and technology leaders. The 179,000 SF, three-story school accommodates 1,000 students within adaptable, flexible spaces. High-performance glass paneling throughout the facility harnesses abundant natural light, creating an inspiring atmosphere for students and faculty.

Fisher Middle School is a beacon of energy efficiency, featuring cutting-edge technologies like dedicated outside air systems, bipolar ionization ventilation for clean indoor air, and variable refrigerant flow systems for efficient heating and cooling. Bicycle storage anticipates future Swamp Rabbit Trail expansion, promoting eco-friendly commuting.

Fisher Middle School incorporates indoor and outdoor learning spaces that illustrate real-world applications of math, science, and engineering concepts. The design supports the project-based curriculum by using the facility as a teaching tool, a strategy that contributed significantly to the overall sustainability score. Elements include:

  • Labeled, color-coded pipes to highlight the flow and consumption of resources.
  • Exposed beams, x-bracing, and columns to illustrate the school’s physical properties.
  • Communications and power panels wrapped in glass to highlight their role in the building’s highly technological functions.
  • A bio-retention pond to retain storm water and to remove harmful hydrocarbons, providing an environmental lesson for students.
In association with Fielding Nair International, Educational Facility Planner + Co-Design Architect

Certified: 3 Green Globes® by the Green Building Initiative® (GBI)

Energy Star Compliant


  • Learning By Design, Citation of Excellence Award
  • Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), James D. MacConnell Award
  • Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), SC Chapter, Excellence in Design Honor Award
  • AIA Spartanburg, Award for Design Excellence
  • PCI Design Awards, Honorable Mention